Metropolises like Marrakech, Fes, and cinematically immortalized Casablanca drive a lot of tourism to Morocco. But the North African nation’s touristic value extends far beyond its big cities, from ports like Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Visitors might be surprised to learn how easy it is to plan a desert getaway from Morocco’s top destinations, especially if they set their sights on the Agafay Desert an hour outside of Marrakech.
To experience the best of the desert outside of Morocco’s cultural capital, while the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains serve as a backdrop, look no further than the Inara Camp.
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The Inara Camp has 18 luxury tents decorated to evoke the idea of exploration using Moroccan crafts and everyday objects collected from around Morocco. (Far visits are also on offer.) The tents are split into three categories: 270-square-foot Discovery Tents, 300-square-foot Emotion Tents, and 390-square-foot Inra Suite Tents. All tents come with king size beds, desks, lounge areas, and bathrooms with hot water and showers, while the Emotion and Inra Suite tents also have extra sleeping spaces, private terraces, wood stoves, and A/C. Breakfast and pool access are included for all guests. Meals are hosted in a communal area and prepared using fresh produce harvested from a nearby permaculture farm.
In addition to farm visits, activities at the Inara Camp include camel or horseback rides, quad biking, trekking, lunch homestays, mountain biking, and petanque, as well as water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and jet skiing at Lake Lalla Takerkoust, which is located less than 10 miles from the camp.
Rates for the Inara Camp start around $200 per night, depending on the season and type of accommodation you decide to book.